Cream Halloween Ball 2012!

Life as an adult is chock full of responsibilities: you work for 40 hours per week, you pay thousands for your monthly bills, you do chores day in and day out, that sometimes you just really need an escape, even if it’s as rare as the blue moon.

Good thing there’s Halloween: my favorite holiday. It’s that magical time of the year where you can make your every fantasy come alive!

Halloween is when grown ups forget about being grown ups and revisit their childhood, dress up, and play a role: monsters, zombies, vampires, fairies, super heroes, and so much more. As some would say, just let your imagination run rampant.

For 12 years now, Bigfish Manila has been committed to that magic and each year brings us the BIGGEST HALLOWEEN COSTUME DANCE EVENT. And this year, it’ll be more than insane, it’ll be monumentally mental.

Bigfish Manila and Freedom Music present “BIGFISH CREAM Halloween Ball 2012” on October 27, 2012 (Saturday) at the WorldTradeCenter, the BIGGEST and LARGEST dance costume party in the archipelago.

Bigfish Cream Halloween Ball 2012

Featuring for the 1st time in Manila, DJ SIMON PATTERSON and DJ SEAN TYAS for a one of a kind “back to back set.”  Together with Bigfish resident DJs: John Paul Lee & Chris Raeuber & MC Lavoce.

CREAM Halloween Ball 2012 is brought to you by: FREEDOM MUSIC, BACARDI “Made to Mix”, POWER HORSE Energy Drink “Free Your Energy”, Official Music Channel: MTV, Official Media Channels: AXN & Sony beTV, and Official Residence: Diamond Hotel.

Media Partners: Magic 89.9,  Focus Media, Killer Bee, Mellow 94.7, Wave 891, 99.5 RT, Velvet, People Asia, Where, Clavel, Garage, Metro, Maven, Adobo Magazine, The Philippine Star, Business Mirror, Manila Bulletin Lifestyle, Business World, Philstar.com, FemaleNetwork.com, SPOT.ph, StyleBible.ph, Focalcast, Media Magnet, ClicktheCity.com, and Cosmo.ph. Special thanks go to O Music and Video and Gold’s Gym. Bigfish Radio at Magic 89.9 & all Killerbee Stations every Saturdays 12 midnight & Bigfish TV at PLDT Watchpad. Also supported by The Philippine Department of Tourism.

For tickets & vip tables call 632 77 63 / 634 82 38 or log on to www.bigfishmanila.com

By uberpsi Posted in Rave

27th

Been almost a month since I turned 27, that kind of pesky number that signals my entry into the late twenties. Three more years, and I’ll be fucking 30.

Don’t get me wrong, growing older is kind of inevitable. We all do it every second.

This year was kind of wild. Well, compared to last year’s quiet celebrations. The weekend before my birthday, we went to Singapore and experienced Universal Studios. Was fun, very fun, in fact, that I really want to go back (when I already have a budget for it). Methinks it’s S$75 per person for a one day all access pass, but it’s hella worth it. I’d so go back to the Transformers ride and the Battlestar Galactica rollercoasters again. Scary shit, but maaaaan, what an experience.

Day of my birthday, eleventh of September (yes, yes, same day of that fateful day back in 2001), and I was prepping to hang out with some EDM-loving friends. It was kinda unplanned. Contacted my friend Marc to ask if he’s game for some beer, then asked our common friend Jeff if he is also. Turns out Jeff’s place is free, so we went there and just bought several 1 liter bottles of Red Horse. Drank four bottles, and asked them if they wanted to come with since I’ll be going to Time (my fave underground club). Both said yes, though Marc can only stay for a few minutes as he had to go home.

Since I told them that I wanna go to Time on Strike Tuesdays since I missed United Under Dance during the weekend that I was in Singapore, Cam and JP were texting me the entire night asking if I was coming. And so I did. And had fun. And had an after-party that lasted two days. Hahahahaha!

Wild, wild birthday. Got to spend it with my best friend, my EDM friends, and my beau. Life is beautiful! PLUR.

Today is a day of grieving

I’ve been a fan of electronic dance music for maybe more than two years now. Basically I’m still an infant as a fan, but I’ve been trying to chug as many tunes as possible. The man responsible for making me fall in love with this kind of music (to be precise: falling in love with trance music) is none other than Ferry Corsten.

Ferry single-handedly made trance to what it is today (according to almost everywhere on the web), and spanning more than 20 years of experience with producing various genres of electronic dance music, it’s kinda easy to see him experiment with almost everything.

Just not this. Remixing a Justin Bieber song, for someone of his caliber is just really… I actually don’t know what to think. Or feel.

I thought it was a hoax. I genuinely thought some guy remixed it and just put Ferry’s name. That it was some kind of deliberate attempt to… I dunno, whatever. But after a day, my hero, the guy who made trance meaningful for me, confirmed that he did, in fact, remix a song of JB’s.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not angry, at all. Nor will I ever. I love Ferry so much. But I can’t help feeling hurt for some reason. I’m still a fan, a big one at that, but I feel the need to mourn. He’s brought EDM-lovers so much for two decades, those will not be forgotten. But this? I dunno.

Hello. I’m a Trance-aholic.

I haven’t been into trance that long. I’ve only been introduced to the genre when I went to Innovation Black 2010. The featured DJ of the night was Ferry Corsten, and I had no idea who he was. A few hours into the night, I was hooked. I’ve been to other Bigfish raves (aka “dance parties”) before, but none was able to make it this life changing. Nothing this significant, anyway.

I went to YouTube the following week to check out some of Mr. Corsten’s stuff. One of the first videos to come up was Radio Crash. “Nice title,” I thought. I clicked it, waited for it to load, then BAM! Memory overload. My mind went back instantly to the night that he played here. “Holy shit!” Music can be a very powerful mnemonic device, but I had no clue how powerful. I remembered exactly what happened. Once the chorus of the track comes on (or the drop, I don’t think that can be classified as the chorus), I visualize the night, my friend jumping along towards the front. I remember her dancing. I remember all of us having the time of our lives.

“I gotta share this on Facebook!” I posted, then tagged my friends who were with me that night. “Hey, d’you remember this track?” I asked. They had no recollection. I was the only one who had a vivid memory of what happened when that particular track played. From then on, a part of my world changed.

I used to have albums from commercial/mainstream musicians. Now, I only listen to tracks produced by Ferry Corsten, Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Sander van Doorn, Cosmic Gate, Alex M.O.R.P.H., Rank 1, John O’Callaghan, Kyau and Albert, Jochen Miller, Orjan Nilsen, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Above and Beyond, Gabriel and Dresden, Solarstone, and so much more. Their music, I dunno, it just makes me feel like I’m connected to this invisible force of peace and I dunno what else. It’s comforting, and I feel so alive whenever I listen and dance to these types of tracks.

And I friggin’  love to dance, and I am by no means trained formally in the art, but I guess, freestyling is just my thing (I’d love to learn proper technique, though). I love the feeling of trance music just rushing from my ears to my brain to my fingertips and it just makes me want to move and express whatever I’m feeling.

Sigh. And you know what? I’m lucky to have found a bunch of people equally or more passionate than I am when it comes to trance. I feel at home with them, even though I feel like such a noob when it comes to my musical knowledge. I’ve got a long way to go, but hey, I believe the journey’s going to be worth it.

To Via, Tina, and Christmas, I hope we get to hang out soon. Thank you for the company during my “trance formative” months. Hahahahaha… I miss you guys.

To Jeff, Paul, and Marc, what can I say? The lightshows are mind-blowing. Let’s do it again!

To Goldy, Steve, Agi, Odie, Rachel, Ness, Martin, Ehm, Barny, AJ, and the other peeps I regularly bump into at Bigfish, party on!

To Jason, Marx, and Marty, thank you for making me “ampon” nung Hed Kandi. Hahahaha… See you guys soon!

To Pat, Marti, JP, Cam, Renee, Miguel, Timi, Abbie, Napoleon, Woody, Tommy, Mark, Kris, Lotty, Xandee, Tosh, Kyle, Lexi, Marco, Jay, Koko, Zoe, Luther, Roland, Tony, Rejie, and the rest of TTD: I’m so thankful I’ve met you guys. Yung mga hindi ko pa nami-meet in person (Chico and Nixx come to mind), I’d love to meet you. Grabe, sobrang… It still feels so surreal na I’m hanging out with you guys. :D

See you guys on the 11th? And the 24th? And the 25th? Spread the love! :D

By uberpsi Posted in Rave

Everything Fades To Black: Bigfish Innovation Black

MANILA, Philippines: We’ve put on our best white ensembles, now it’s time for the power of BLACK to unite us once again! Bigfish Manila and Cuervo Black presents INNOVATION BLACK 2012, in cooperation with Power Horse Energy Drink “Free Your Energy”, AXN, SONY BeTV, and Diamond Hotel.

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The most massive Black Party will be held on August 25, 2012 (Saturday) at The World Trade Center featuring the one & only DJ JEROME ISMA-AE and the uplifting trance duo: TRITONAL. Together with BIGFISH resident DJs, John Boy Lee & Chris Raeuber. This year’s line-up of electronic music masters will make the dancefloor burn to their progressive and melodic beats.

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TRITONAL:
Emerging from relative obscurity in early 2007, in just a few short years Tritonal has become one of the most recognizable names on the modern trance and progressive world stage. Both exceptional talents in their own right, Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed formed a prolific music production partnership from opposite ends of the United States which exceeded all expectations and proved to be a creative match made in heaven.

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JEROME ISMA-AE:
Hailing from Munich, Jerome Isma-Ae is one of the highest-selling, most successful Progressive House DJ/producers of the last 3 years. He is reinventing and designing the sounds since the early years of EDM. Building, combining, releasing and holding on to a continuously sharp sound, fit for both timelessness and the current demands of the dance floor society. German producer/DJ Jerome Isma-Ae sure kept himself busy over the past 15 years. But results are showing. With the characteristic Isma-Ae sound on his side, requested and praised by many, he’s got the best weapon there is: the ability to stand out. Mind you, it’s a weapon he won’t hesitate to use.

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Media Partners: Magic 89.9, Focus Media, Killer Bee, Mellow 94.7, Wave 891, 99.5 RT, Myx, Velvet, People Asia, Where, Clavel, Garage, Metro, Maven, Adobo Magazine, The Philippine Star, Business Mirror, Manila Bulletin Lifestyle, Business World, Philstar.com, FemaleNetwork.com, SPOT.ph, StyleBible.ph, Focalcast, Media Magnet, ClicktheCity.com, and Cosmo.ph. Special thanks go to official residence partner Diamond Hotel, O Music and Video, and Gold’s Gym. Bigfish Radio at Magic 89.9 & all Killerbee Stations every Saturdays 12 mindnight & Bigfish TV at Pldt Watchpad. Also supported by The Philippine Department of Tourism.

For tickets & vip tables call 632 77 63 / 634 82 38 or log on to www.bigfishmanila.com

Embrace the dark…for BLACK IS THE IDENTITY WE ALL SHARE.

By uberpsi Posted in Rave

Bigfish’s Annual White Party Hits Manila In June!

Prepare your white outfits!

MANILA, Philippines: “Purity. Unity. Seduction. Sensation.” This is the maxim of Bigfish Innovation White. Clearly, at this party, you’re in for one heck of a musical ride. Bigfish and Freedom Music present Bigfish Innovation White 2012, the country’s biggest musical congregation of white-clothed clubbers, happening on June 23 at the World Trade Center! This year’s lineup is a who’s who of the most promising acts in electronic music today: Cosmic Gate, Myon & Shane54, Bobina, and Emma Hewitt, who are joined by Bigfish’s John Paul Lee and Chris Raeuber.

German DJ/producer duo Cosmic Gate made the global dance community snap to attention when they jumped 43 places to land on No. 19 of DJ Mag’s Top 100 for 2009. That was the same year they teamed up with the striking, silken-voiced Australian songstress Emma Hewitt for the single “Not Enough Time”, a dance music hit that earned them nominations for Best Trance Track at the 2010 International Dance Music Awards and Best Selling Trance Act at the 2010 Beatport Awards.

Hungarian duo Myon & Shane54 are another European trance tandem that’s carving a name for themselves as they gig from continent to continent. With a list of solid singles and fierce remixes to their name, even trance luminaries Armin van Buuren and Above and Beyond are fans of their work, having featured them on their respective compilations.

 

Also on the bill is Moscow-based trance master Bobina, whom Ferry Corsten has called “one of the most talented music producers ever to come out of Russia”. Having released the country’s first #1 electronic dance album and being the first Russian DJ to snag a spot in DJ Mag’s Top 100 roundup, Bobina is hailed as a dance music god in his home country.

 

Joining these trance greats at the Innovation White stage are Team Bigfish’s main men John Paul Lee and Chris Raeuber.

Head to the World Trade Center on June 23 and be part of this massive trance movement! Let’s keep things pure—let’s all come in white.

BIGFISH Innovation WHITE 2012 Official media partners: AXN & Sony Be TV, Magic 89.9, Animax, Focus Media, Killer Bee, Mellow 94.7, Wave 891, 99.5 RT, Myx, Velvet, People Asia, FHM, Where, Clavel, Uno, Garage, Metro, Maven, Adobo Magazine, The Philippine Star, Business Mirror, Manila Bulletin Lifestyle, Business World, Philstar.com, FemaleNetwork.com, SPOT.ph, StyleBible.ph, Focalcast, Media Magnet, ClicktheCity.com, and Cosmo.ph. Special thanks go to official residence partner Diamond Hotel, O Music and Video, Oliver’s Super Sandwiches and Gold’s Gym. Supported by The Philippine Department of Tourism.

For ticket inquiries and VIP table reservations, please contact (02) 6327762 or (02) 6348238. For more information, visit http://www.bigfishmanila.com.

Party up, see you at the dance floor, and trance ON!

By uberpsi Posted in Rave

Annnnnd… I’m back! :D

Holy geez it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to think of something to post. Well, now, currently, as of this moment… Wala pa din naman. But I just wanna have a severe word vomit experience and put it up virally. Nakakasawa rin naman minsan mag-tweet nang mag-tweet. Limited yung thoughts ko to 140 characters. Bitin.

But anyway, it’s good to be back to blogging. Kahit napakarandom lang nitong post ko.

Anyway, I’ve been feeling really crappy these past few days. Kulang kasi sa tulog sobra, for almost two months na. Not good. I’m not doing my health any favors. Lagi lang masakit ulo ko and feeling nauseated.

Aside from the health issues, I’ve been doing very well. I’ve got plans na for tomorrow and Friday, and also Saturday. Kung kelan ako walang time saka ako nagkakaroon ng madaming extracurricular activities. Kaya lupaypay lagi.

Oh, and by the effing way, nandito na naman sa Pilipinas ang paborito kong trance DJ na si Mr. Ferry Corsten. Apparently madalas talaga pala sya dito. Or siguro nga kung meron syang shows sa nearby countries, he makes it a point to drop by Manila and visit his family. Eh international DJ ka ba naman, syempre sobrang busy. So moments with your loved ones are really probably very dear to him. I love you, Ferry! :D

That’s it for now. I’ll be blogging very heavily (sana) from this day forward. Oh, and I think I need a new blog theme. First blog entry ko to this 2012! :P

It’s my birthday and I’ll blog if I want to. :)

So, today, which is my birthday, is technically my fourth time celebrating it this year. First one was during Innovation Black/Godskitchen Neon two weekends ago. The next one was the surprise birthday dinner at Amin’s, my friend’s boyfriend’s place. Nakakatawa lang na parang days leading to my birthday, I was just feeling crappy and I was thinking na I haven’t really had a surprise birthday thing, usually laging ako nagpa-plano or kasama sa planning. So I’m really, really grateful. :)

This Saturday, a day before the b-day, mom came to Manila and we had dinner and watched a movie for some chill celebration. The next day was basically just a family lunch, but what was nice about it was discovering a new resto and just loving the ambiance, the food and the service. I hope more restaurants are like that.

This month, my family and I will be bound for Hong Kong for our annual out-of-the-country trip. After that, I’m planning on hosting a dinner party at my place with my college buddies as my guests. Overnight na din siguro, slumber party of sorts. Depende na lang kung maaaya ko sila mag-swimming sa nearby pool. Bahala na.

Life’s tough. Anniversary pa nung 9-11 attacks sa USA, so I’m definitely thankful din na I’m still alive. And from what happened to USA, I learned a bunch of stuff, most notable is the lesson that we should all be thankful for the life that we have and that we shouldn’t let anything, even fear itself, keep us from living our lives to the fullest.

Party on, mates! Life’s tough, but we’re tougher. Cheers! :D

iRave

Hi again! Damn. As much as I’d love to update this blog as often as possible, I still don’t really have any idea what to even write about. Life’s been really uneventful as of late. Well, not really. But I can’t seem to gather enough energy and blog about what’s been happening.

Anyway, as some of you might know, I’m basically a party-phile. Well, mostly raves, as I absolutely enjoy trance music, and maybe even house to some degree. So far, the major local dance organizer here – BigFish International – have been busy inviting some of the major international trance acts to throw us grand parties. It’s an amazing experience, but if chaotic big crowds aren’t your thing, you might not get to enjoy it.

Since 2011 started, I’ve made it a point to attend every event BigFish will have this year, sort of like a goal or something. So far, I’ve been to the following: Trance NRG featuring the legendary trance DJ/Producer Marco V; Hed Kandi featuring DJ Andy Norman with Peyton live on vocals; Boracay Summer NRG featuring my ultra-fave Ferry Corsten; Innovation White | Ministry of Sound featuring Chicane with Emma Hewitt live on vocals; Innovation Black | Godskitchen Neon featuring the very talented Alex M.O.R.P.H. and, a favorite singer, Betsie Larkin live on vocals. I think I enjoyed it all, except for Innovation White, coz it seemed too lounge-y for my tastes. 5 events down, with two more on the horizon.

On October, there’ll be two trance events. One is Paul Van Dyk: Evolution World Tour, happening on October 19 – a Wednesday! A freaking Wednesday! Well, it’s not as if I have a permanent job to provide unwanted conflict, so of course I’ll be going as I haven’t really experienced PVD (and as if I really needed an excuse to go). Ten days later, it’ll be time once again to put together a costume of sorts and attend the biggest Halloween costume party here in the metro: Cream Halloween Ball Year 11!  Headlining acts are W&W and Guiseppe Ottaviani, both of which I’m really unfamiliar with. Then again, I only knew about Ferry Corsten last year during his Twice In A Blue Moon experience and he’s one of the most popular ones.

I really enjoyed Innovation Black this year mostly because of Alex M.O.R.P.H. I believe it’s safe to say he’s one of the best, god-like DJs out there today. Apparently, PVD is of the same caliber, so I’m really excited to see him perform. Also, since W&W and Guiseppe Ottaviani are both trance-centric, I’ll probably be in a trance-induced coma when I go to Cream. LED sticks, anyone? :D

Hey, life’s a party. We all should DANCE! :D

My LED-mounted shades. Oh yeah!

By uberpsi Posted in Rave

Restart and reload

Okay. Last March-April, I was able to at least finish a month’s worth of P90X routines. Sad to say I wasn’t able to continue due to lack of willpower, something that I really don’t have in abundance. I was supposed to restart my get-fitter journey last June, then July came, and now it’s August, and so far, I’ve only been able to do two work-outs. I stopped again. Mentally, I’m not there. I was back in pril, but we had to go on vacation and it kinda made following the routine more challenging.

So, now it’s August 15. A friend is also getting married in 8 months time, which means that I have to look good in a suit (yes, yes, it’s not my day but I shouldn’t look less than stellar). I’m now gonna use this blog in an attempt to document my exercise journey, as it were.

Today is basically Day 1. I weighed myself yesterday and got 138lbs. Not bad, I’m still in my ideal weight range. Two or three weeks ago I was at 143lbs., so basically I lost about 5lbs. but I don’t even know how coz I haven’t really been exercising at all, and I’ve been eating so much food and drinking too much alcohol. Gahd, sana hindi muscle mass yung na-lose ko. I cry.

Kaya ko nga rin pala to ginagawa, basically publicly, para naman mahiya ako. But actually, I really have to do this for myself na. I was overweight during highschool and first year college. Pero nung college, steadily I began to lose weight, combination na rin siguro ng stress, no sleep, no rice and no elevator use. I started school at 189lbs, I graduated at 127lbs. 62 fucking pounds lost! Mukha nga lang akong kalansay, pero anyway, it’s possible. I just really have to be patient enough and mindful enough of what I do.

Yon. Okay, basic and current stats:

Height: 5’6″ | 168cm

Weight: 138lbs. | 62kg

Shoulders: 20″

Chest: 34″

Waist: 33″

Bicep (L): 11.5″

Bicep (R): 11.5″

Day 1: Reduce carbohydrate intake so no rice, and little to no sugar. Reduce bread consumption as well, or if I cannot help it, eat the multi-grain variety. Fundamentally, I’m only allowed mostly protein so I’m limited to meat, nuts and grains. P90X exercise tonight should target Chest and Back, plus a 15-minute ab routine. I’ll also decrease my intake of diet soda and focus more on drinking mostly water.

Onwards! :D